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Baltimore light-rail vehicles to use ABB traction technology in retrofit

April 14, 2014

Power and automation technology group ABB, Cary, N.C., has obtained a contract from Alstom Transport to supply new traction converters associated with the modernized train control management system (TCMS) and new electrical control panels for the overhaul of Baltimore’s entire fleet of 53...

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Electron Beam Technologies announces executive changes

April 1, 2014

Electron Beam Technologies Inc., Kankakee, Ill., a worldwide OEM supplier of coaxial/composite welding cables and conduit systems for automation, has announced the promotion of Valgene E. Raloff to president and Bob Tokoly to CFO/COO upon the retirement of Paul Wlos. Raloff, who has been with...

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Pemamek receives welding automation award

March 31, 2014

Based on its recent analysis of the welding automation market, Frost & Sullivan, Mountain View, Calif., has recognized Pemamek Oy Ltd., Loimaa, Finland, with the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year. The company, a provider of welding and production automation systems for...

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Worker Automation redesigns website

March 19, 2014

Worker Automation Inc., Covington, Ohio, a provider of custom robotic systems, has redesigned its website at www.arcworker.com. The site features more photos, embedded video of cells in action, information on standard cells that can be custom-configured for different needs, details on machine...

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Methods Machine Tools to hold grand opening of technology center

March 12, 2014

Methods Machine Tools Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools, automation, and accessories, will hold a grand opening at its Technology Center in San Leandro, Calif., on May 14-15 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. Manufacturing professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend. The...

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Güdel Inc. opens satellite office in Michigan

March 10, 2014

Güdel Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based Güdel Group, has opened a satellite office in Troy, Mich. “We believe that being closer to our Metro Detroit customers and partners will improve our overall interaction and ability to collaborate on key projects,” said...

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ABB Robotics’ Tech Days 2014 expanded to two days

February 25, 2014

ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots, robot software, peripheral equipment, and modular manufacturing cells, will host its annual Technology Days event March 13-14, 2014, at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The event will feature more than 80...

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Midwest Eng. Systems Inc. represented by On Point Solutions

February 11, 2014

Midwest Eng. Systems Inc., a provider of automation/robotic metal fabrication systems in Pewaukee, Wis., has named On Point Solutions, Port Washington, Wis., as a representative. On Point Solutions provides equipment and systems for OEM and job shop metal...

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RIA to host collaborative robots workshop April 16

February 6, 2014

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., will hold a Collaborative Robots Workshop on Wednesday, April 16, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Collaborative robots are robots that work side-by-side with humans. Dr. Henrik Christensen of Georgia Tech will give the...

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Güdel Inc. returns robot-track manufacturing to U.S.

January 31, 2014

Güdel Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based Güdel Group, has announced that it has transitioned all manufacturing of its third-generation robot tracks for domestic markets to its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich. While some initial Trackmotion Floor (TMF) modules were fabricated and...

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Schenke Tool adds second robotic welder

January 23, 2014

Schenke Tool Co., Paradise, Pa., has installed its second robotic welding machine — a Yaskawa Motoman ArcWorld system. According to the company, the machine is suitable for small to medium-sized parts produced at medium to high volumes. Dual independent workstations allow operators to load...

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Association for Advancing Automation's new website presents automation success stories

January 9, 2014

The Association for Advancing Automation, Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a new blog-based website, www.a3automate.org, to promote the use of automation. The site features blog posts that cover automation strategies and stories of businesses that are competing successfully in today’s global...

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Genesis Systems Group expands, adds jobs

January 7, 2014

Genesis Systems Group has announced a $4.6 million capital investment in a 61,000-sq.-ft. building in Davenport, Iowa. The expansion will allow the company to implement lean manufacturing processes and produce many of its subassemblies internally. The expansion will add nine jobs immediately,...

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Chris Anderson

Yaskawa Motoman employee receives 2013 AWS arc welding award

January 6, 2014

Robotics company Yaskawa Motoman, Dayton, Ohio, has announced that Chris Anderson, welding product marketing manager, has received the 2013 Excellence in Robotic and Automated Arc Welding Award (ERAAW) from the American Welding Society (AWS), Doral, Fla. The award recognizes individual...

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FANUC merges all operations in the Americas into single corporation

December 16, 2013

FANUC has officially merged all of its operations in the Americas into a single company: FANUC America Corp. The new company, with headquarters in Rochester Hills, Mich., has 22 locations supplying robots, CNC machines, and factory automation systems. Rick Schneider, previously president of FANUC...

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